Kenya Safari and Beach

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For those people experiencing a safari for the first time and who are not sure how they will like it or for those that know that a few days of game viewing are enough for them, the following suggested itinerary should give food for thought…

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Kenya Safari and Beach

This itinerary offers a lovely combination of bush and beach and is ideal for those not too sure if the safari element will be to their taste or not.  But be warned, hardened safari-goers will tell you that Africa gets under your skin, encouraging you to return again and again:

Day 1: Mombasa, Shanzu Beach
Day 2: Tsavo
Day 3: Tsavo East
Day 4: Tsavo East
Day 5: Mombasa, Diani Beach
Day 6 to 11: Mombasa
Day 12: Depart Kenya

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Kenya: Safari and Beach
For those people experiencing a safari for the first time and who are not sure how they will like it or those that know that a few days of game viewing are enough for them, the following suggested itinerary should give food for thought…

Day 1: Mombasa, Shanzu Beach
Begin with an overnight stay to the north of Mombasa on the Shanzu beach, considered one of the best on this coast. Time to unwind after the journey and to dip into the Indian Ocean.

Day 2: Tsavo
Today begin a private safari by driving inland to the Taita Hills. Take an afternoon game drive in the Taita Hills Game Sanctuary. Tsavo Park and this sanctuary are famous for their red elephants; the animals cover themselves with the red earth to act as a deterrent to insects and as a cooling agent.

Day 3: Tsavo East
After breakfast, continue the safari with a morning game drive in Taita Hills and then continue to Tsavo East. The aim will be to arrive in time for lunch at a Tented Camp. After time to settle in and let the heat of the day dissipate (watching whatever animals visit the waterhole here), head out for an afternoon game drive in Tsavo East. This whole area has good numbers of all the Big 5 but finding them is the task. Back to the camp in time for sundowners while watching the activities at the waterhole.

Day 4: Tsavo East
Today take morning and afternoon game drives in Tsavo East. It is probably worth returning to Camp to relax during the heat of the afternoon.

Day 5: Mombasa, Diani Beach
Today, return to Mombasa with the chance of game viewing en route. Your destination is to the south of Mombasa for a stay on the Diani Beach. The hotels here vary in size and cost and it does depend upon the kind of holiday that you want while staying on the coast. For the more pampered and quieter holiday, then the smaller hotels will suit. The beach is silver sand and the reef not far from the shore. Plenty of swimming, snorkelling, sailing and other water sports are available. Or just chill out.

Day 6 to 11: Mombasa
There is plenty to do here.  Mombasa is worth a visit both from the shopping point of view and also a visit to Jesus Fort in the Harbour (for the history of the place). Another trip to consider, if you have not had enough wildlife experiences, would be a day trip to Shimba Hills National Park. A different experience to your safari as this is a forested park with different animals to be seen and a greater abundance of butterflies.

Day 12: Depart Kenya
Depart Mombasa today for the onward or homeward journey.

All photographs courtesy Kenya Tourist Board

Kenya - beach camel      Kenya - Boy with Wood

Kenya - lions      Kenya - Mombasa Beach

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Many safari lodges offer tented accommodation, but in most cases, this is not camping as we knew it in our youth.  These tents have comfortable furniture and en suite bathrooms – this is camping in style!

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California Dreaming

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From San Francisco to San Diego, from the Pacific coast to the mountains, California is a state of sunshine, beaches, world-class wines, the theme parks of Anaheim and so much more. Explore the cities, beaches and mountains of the northern and central regions of this wonderful state…

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California Dreaming

From San Francisco to San Diego, from the Pacific coast to the mountains, California is a state of sunshine, beaches, world-class wines, the theme parks of Anaheim and so much more.  This drive takes you south along the Pacific Coast highway before turning inland to Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley.

Day 1: San Francisco
Day 4: Carmel/Monterey
Day 6: San Simeon
Day 7: Santa Barbara
Day 8: Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks
Day 9: Yosemite
Day 11: Lake Tahoe
Day 13: Napa Valley or San Mateo Coast
Day 15: Short drive back to San Francisco airport
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Explore the cities, beaches and mountains of the northern and central regions of this wonderful state…

Day 1: San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to your central hotel. We would suggest a minimum of 3 nights in this fantastic city. Take a city tour, ride the cable cars, take a cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown. If you have an extra day, take a tour out to view the Redwoods at Muir Woods and the pretty town of Sausalito
San Francisco 3 nights

Day 4: Carmel/Monterey
This morning pick up your hire car and head out of San Francisco on your drive down the California coast. This classic road trip drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the old coastal road, the Cabrillo Highway, is not be rushed and there are several great places to stop off along the way, including the laid back town of Half Moon Bay (site of the infamous Mavericks Wave) and the Ano Nuevo Seal Rookery. The picturesque village of Carmel or the bustling town of Monterey are ideal bases for exploring the Monterey peninsular
Carmel/Monterey 2 nights

Day 6: San Simeon
South of Carmel, Highway 101 passes though the spectacular Big Sur area before dropping down to San Simeon. On your approach to San Simeon, stop off at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony for an amazing photo opportunity. In San Simeon take time to visit Hearst Castle, a magnificent house built on a mountainside by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, before checking in to you oceanfront hotel.
San Simeon 1 night

Day 7: Santa Barbara
Continue South today, moving down the coast to the delightful and vibrant town of Santa Barbara for an overnight stay.
Santa Barbara 1 night

Day 8: Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks
Head inland today to the Sierra Nevada Mountains which form the backbone of California. Your first overnight stop are the often overlooked Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Here you will find yourself in the company of giants: sequoias and mountains. The Park is home to both the world’s largest tree, the mighty General Sherman Tree, and the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney.
Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks 1 night

Day 9: Yosemite
Continue north to the magnificent Yosemite National Park. Spectacular waterfalls, dramatic granite peaks and domes, hiking to suit all levels, alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes…
Yosemite 2 nights

Day 11: Lake Tahoe
Continue your journey up the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Lake Tahoe area. In winter this area offers exceptional winter sports. In the summer months the warm dry weather makes it the perfect location for hiking, cycling, canoeing and sailing.
Lake Tahoe area 2 nights

Day 13: Napa Valley or San Mateo Coast
Begin to wend your way back towards San Francisco. Round off your holiday with a couple of nights in the California Wine region of the Napa Valley or perhaps some relaxation on the laid back San Mateo coast
Napa Valley or San Mateo coast 2 nights

Day 15
Short drive back to San Francisco airport where you will drop off your hire car in time for your onward journey

More time…
Why not extend your stay to include Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs. Or combine California with Oregon and/or Washington. The permutations are limitless. Call us for ideas

All photographs courtesy California Travel and Tourism Commission

California - El Capitain cr Robert Holmes California - Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe cr Robert Holmes California - Highway 1- Central Coast 4 cr cttc

California - Napa Valley cr robert holmes California - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park 8 cr cttc

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California has a bit of everything, iconic cities, dramatic coastline, vineyards, National Parks, lakes and mountains and a typical Mediterranean climate that attracts visitors year round.  For music fans, take yourselves to Sausalito and sit on the Dock of the Bay for yourself!
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Prince Edward Island

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Sandy beaches, warm ocean water, lively fun parks and an overall casual atmosphere make Prince Edward Island an ideal family destination.  PEI offers something for everyone; fly fishing, whale watching, water sports are all on offer…

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Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is one of the four provinces that are together known as Atlantic Canada.  PEI is connected to the mainland by the Confederation Bridge to the west and by a ferry service to the south.

Day 1: Charlottetown
Day 3: Souris
Day 6: Brackley Beach
Day 10: Depart PEI
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With over 500 miles of beaches, 90 of which are sandy, Prince Edward Island is ideal for families, as many Canadians already know.  It also claims to have the warmest water north of the Carolinas, tempting you to linger on the beach.  Seven of the 50-odd lighthouses are open to the public, giving a vivid reminder of the treacherous nature of the sea and this provinces association with the ocean.  In addition to this, there are some 220 miles of cycle trails to explore including the Confederation Trail which uses an old railway line for much of the way and takes you through villages, wetlands, hardwood groves and along rivers.

Day 1: Charlottetown
This family holiday starts with a two night stay in Charlottetown. Victorian homes line the streets and an eclectic array of shops, restaurants and cafés are the perfect places to mingle with the locals or just people watch. Charlottetown hosts some of the island’s top festivals and offers attractions such as the world renowned Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Another great family attraction is Founders’ Hall, a heritage attraction telling the story of Canada from its inception in 1864 up until modern day.
Charlottetown 2 nights

Day 3: Souris
As you travel to the eastern part of the Island for the next three days you’ll be welcomed by the 1,300 residents of the tranquil sea-side town of Souris. The beaches in the east are among the best on the Island; the spectacular dune system at Greenwich, PEI National Park is a must-do for this region and at Basin Head the sand will even sing to you. If you like to cycle or hike, one of the most scenic stretches of the Confederation Trail runs right through the village of St. Peters–also a good stopping point for shopping, dining, theatre and music. Cruise Manada Seal-Watching Boat Tours is another fun way to spend an afternoon.
Souris 3 nights

Day 6: Brackley Beach
Head to the north of the Island and to your base in Brackley Beach. Here stay for 5 nights – the region is a spectacular piece of Prince Edward Island’s acclaimed scenic landscape composed of red sandstone cliffs, white sand beaches and rolling farmland. Some of the classic coastline has been protected in the PEI National Park which hugs the central north shore. Cavendish Grove is an ideal entry way into the Park with its walking trails, picnic grounds and stands of sugar maples. For family fun, spending time in Cavendish is a must-do. There are amusement parks, mini golf, water slides and restaurants that cater to all ages and tastes. Just down the road, in North Rustico, adventure seekers can choose from kayaking, canoeing or deep-sea fishing.
Brackley Beach 5 nights

Day 10: Depart PEI
Start your journey home or continue your adventure in one on PEI’s neighbouring provinces

Photographs by kind permission Tourism Prince Edward Island

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There are many theories about exactly how and why the sand sings, but to experience this for yourself, include a visit to Singing Sands Beach at Basin Head Provincial Park.
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